Before we dive into building the neck for anelectric guitar, I’d like to take a moment to discuss acouple of important items. First, you need understandthat building guitars is like any other project requiringfabrication and assembly, in that you should followeach step in the order recommended. You could be amaverick and change order, but you’ll run the risk of making some mistakes that could possibly ruin your guitar. For example, if you rout the neck pocket intothe body before making the neck, you might have
a problem getting the two to t together properly.
Even if you are working from a precisely drawn plan,there’s a good chance that some of the parts you’ll be making won’t match the plan exactly. Such is thenature of woodworking. But, that’s okay. If you followthe steps as I present them, you’ll be able to adjust for inaccuracies without having to scrap your project andstart over. I’ve already made the mistakes and it’s myhope that through this series of articles, I can help you
achieve success without stumbling as I did when I rst
started building electric guitars.The second important item is safety. Woodworkingcan be uncomfortable and even dangerousif you fail to take the proper precautions.Always wear safety glasses and hearing
protection. Avoid loose tting clothing, tie
back long hair and get rid of any jewelrythat might get caught in a power tool. Readall of the manuals for the tools you’ll beusing and follow the manufactures safetyrecommendations. Remember, if you
destroy your hearing or lop off a nger or
two, that guitar you’re building won’t be of much use! Now that I’ve made the lawyers happy,let’s get started build an electric guitar. The
rst part we’re going to make is the neck.
Why the neck and not the body, which,after all, is the coolest looking part? Thereason is because we’ll use the neck as aguide or template for routing its pocket into the bodylater on.To make the neck, we’ll begin with the fretboard.Regardless of whether you’re going to be using Ebony,Indian Rosewood, Maple or whatever wood you’veselected, the board should be around 3 inches wide,24 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. If go with a thinner board, you may not have enough depth for the fretwire slots. And if you use a thicker piece, you’ll haveto plane it down.Start by drawing a center line along the board’slength. Then, transfer the fretboard’s dimensionsfrom your plan to the board using the center linefor placement. Make sure the lines you draw areclearly visible by using either a white or black pencildepending on how dark the wood is.Use either a bandsaw or a jigsaw to cut out theshape making sure you stay at least a 1/16 of an inchoutside the lines except where the board ends at thenut. Here you should cut to the outside edge of theline making sure your cut is square to the center line.So why do you need to cut outside the lines along the
How To Make An Electric Guitar Neck